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National Summary

Tonight

Cold. Scattered rain and hail showers will become mostly confined to coastal counties of the North and northwest early tonight with long clear periods in many areas overnight but cloud will increase in northern parts. The stiff northwesterly wind will moderate and temperatures will fall to between -2 to plus 2 degrees Celsius, with frost and possibly a few icy patches in places.

Tomorrow

Wednesday will be mostly dry with frost clearing early. Sunny spells in most places at times, but rather cloudy in the north and northwest with some showery rain at times there and scattered showers developing elsewhere in the afternoon but a lot of places will be dry. Top temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees Celsius, in mostly moderate north to northwest breezes.

Outlook

Overall: Less cold, but still changeable with rain or showers at times over the weekend. Wednesday night will be cold with clear spells and some scattered light showers. Winds light to moderate northwesterly. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 C., with frost in places, mainly in Leinster and Munster, where temperatures will be at their lowest. Thursday will be mostly cloudy, with just a few bright or sunny spells. Further showers also, but these mostly light. Top temperatures of 9 to 12 C., with light to moderate north to northwest breezes. Cool Thursday night, but with lows of 2 to 5 C., with most places likely top be frost free. Some patches of mist and fog may form close to dawn Friday. Friday will be mostly cloudy, but with occasional bright or sunny spells. Mostly dry also, with just the odd light shower. Top temperatures of 9 to 12 C., in light to moderate variable breezes. Cool overnight, with some patches of mist and fog, but frost unlikely.Saturday will be noticeably milder than of late, with top temperatures of 11 to 14 C., in moderate southerly breezes. Some bright or short sunny spells in the eastern half of the country, but mostly cloudy elsewhere. Some patchy rain or drizzle will develop also, timing uncertain, but probably in the second half of the day in Atlantic coastal counties. Mild, misty and cloudy overnight, with the rain becoming more widespread. Breezy also with fresh southeasterly winds. Staying changeable for the rest of the weekend. At this stage it looks as if Sunday will be breezy, misty and mostly cloudy, with rain in many areas, heaviest over Munster and Connacht. But turning more showery during Monday.

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Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

North, 21 Knots, Recent rain, 11 Miles, 1024, Rising slowly

Dublin Airport

North-Northwest, 9 Knots, Fine, 16 Miles, 1022, Rising slowly

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

North, 20 Knots, Wave ht: 1.3 m, The visibility at Tuskar is greater than 10 Miles, 1020, Rising slowly

Roches Point Automatic

North-Northwest, 13 Knots, Fair, 26 Miles, 1023, Rising slowly

Sherkin Island Automatic

North, 13 Knots, Fair, 26 Miles, 1024, Rising slowly

Valentia Automatic

North-Northeast, 10 Knots, Gust 23 Knots, Fair, 24 Miles, 1025, Steady

Mace Head Automatic

East, 2 Knots, Cloudy, 26 Miles, 1026, Rising slowly

Belmullet Automatic

Northeast, 14 Knots, Gust 26 Knots, Recent drizzle, 9 Miles, 1026, Rising slowly

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

North, 18 Knots, Wave ht: 2.2 m, 1020, Rising slowly

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

North-Northeast, 18 Knots, Wave ht: 2.5 m, 1025, Rising slowly

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

North, 18 Knots, Wave height not available, 1026, Rising slowly

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

North-Northeast, 14 Knots, Wave ht: 3.3 m, 1031, Steady

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 2300 Wednesday 26 April 2017 Issued at 2300 Tuesday 25 April 2017

Meteorological Situation at 2100: An unstable north to northeast airflow covers Ireland, between a depression of 996hPa over southern Scandinavia and an Anticyclone of 1036 hPa in mid-Atlantic. Showery troughs embedded in the flow, are tracking southwards across Ireland. The flow will moderate overnight.

Forecast for all Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea

Wind: Northerly force 6 or 7 and gusty, backing north to northwest and decreasing force 4 to 5 later tonight. Moderating force 3 to 4 later Wednesday

Weather: Fair weather and well scattered rain or hail showers - most frequent in the north and northwest.

Visibility: Moderate or poor in showers, otherwise good.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 2300 Thursday 27 April 2017: Moderate occasionally fresh mainly northerly winds gradually backing west to northwest. Well scattred showers/rain, but fair weather also. A ridge of high pressure by the end of the period with mostly dry weather.

Weather Warnings

Small Craft Warning

Northerly winds will reach force 6 or higher early tonight on all Irish coasts.

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